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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788973
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

The All New Must Have Orange 430



Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn't sure what it did, but he had to have it!

A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn't quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.

  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788973
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Michael Speechley

Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA.
His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted and awarded as an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2019, and was the winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Books. His second book is The Gift, which was published in September 2019. This book deals with loss, kindness and the joy of giving. It was a Notable Book in the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

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Praise for The All New Must Have Orange 430

A splendid debut for a remarkably talented author-illustrator.

Kevin Steinberger, Magpies

The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley is a picture book that is desperately needed in today’s world. With consumerism running riot, and children and adults a like falling victim to the ‘must-keep-up-with-the-Jones’ mentality day in and day out, it’s a relief to see a picture book that fills a much needed, but unnoticed gap in the market.

Never Ending Bookshelf

This book has a brilliant message about the effect that wanting to have so many things has on the environment. It explores the topic in a very clever, original way. The illustrations are highly detailed and Michael Speechley is clearly talented as both an author and illustrator.

Michelle, In the Good Books blog

I think this book is unique, thought provoking and well layered.

Little Big Reads

The All New Must Have Orange 430 picture book provides an important insight for families and for classes into the effects of advertising and consumerism in our world. Take notice of the signs and labels in the background. The book encourages discussion about the difference between needs and wants, responsibility with money and the effects of advertising. A most important message for newly arrived consumers at a loss to repel the overtures of advertisers, this is an equally compelling book for all readers.

Fran Knight, Read Plus

The All New Must Have Orange 430 is such a clever, clever book and one that requires multiple readings in order to deeply comprehend and internalise the messages and appreciate the sophisticated visual literacy elements in the illustrations. This is a book that young readers can, will and should return to over many years, as it’s themes of consumerism and ‘making do with less’ are universal, topical and ever-present.

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2019  •  CBCA Honour Book, Picture Books

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2019  •  Picture Book

Environment Award for Children’s Literature

Winner  •  2019  •  Picture Fiction

Environment Award for Children’s Literature

Winner  •  2019  •  Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature

WA Young Readers Book Award

Shortlisted  •  2020  •  Picture Book Award

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